Drumheller, Alberta: so bad it’s good

We had a fantastic little day-trip to the badlands this past Monday. I always forget how cool it is to be travelling through farmland and then to suddenly have the landscape change so dramatically like it does. Even the kids, who aren’t always impressed by scenery, were excited by it all.
Enjoying the view at Horsethief Canyon:
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Claire was scared to get too close to the edge:
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 Checking out the tiny Church – an actual Church that seats 8 people – in Drumheller:


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And then on to one of our major stops of the day: the Royal Tyrell Museum.

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The last time we were in Drumheller, the kids found the dim exhibit areas kind of scary. Not this time, thankfully! They are the perfect age now for all things dinosaur.

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This time, we signed up for a couple of activities at the museum, the first one being fossil casting.

Making their own plaster for the cast:

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Everyone had different moulds and we had no idea what each one was while we were doing the actual casting.

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As the casts were drying, everyone looked up the numbers on their moulds to determine what type of fossil cast they were actually making. Claire was thrilled to find out she had made a sabre-tooth tiger tooth:
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Ren was equally thrilled with his therapod claw:

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And then we were off on our Dino-site Hike, where we were led to a special area in the badlands to prospect for fossils.

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After a short introduction about what different types of fossils, look like, we were off! The funny thing about the kids is that they thought every rock was special! Claire was constantly running over to our guide to ask if she had found a fossil (even though Paul and I were pretty sure it wasn’t!).

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By the time the Dino-site Hike was done, we had already been at the museum for nearly six hours. The kids wanted to stay even longer but we knew we wanted to take in a couple more things before we headed back home. After a quick stop at a suspension bridge …

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… we arrived at the Hoodoos, the craziest formations ever:

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The actual Hoodoos are cordoned off for preservation but the entire area around them is open for climbing. The kids claim that this was better than any playground they’ve ever played in!

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I have to agree! The kids, Paul and I had a great time climbing here. And the scenery was amazing especially in the golden hours of evening.

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How is it that my family – the three people that mean the whole world to me – look so small??

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All too soon, night began to fall and it was time for our three and a half hour drive home. The kids were sad to leave the Hoodoos and Drumheller in general. They made us promise we’ll return every year and stay a couple of days at least each time. After such an incredible day with our kiddos, how could we say no?

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